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  •  I've had this debate with conservatives many times (7+ / 0-)

    including many times with highly-educated Catholic conservatives meticulously trained in the principles of social justice. Their point is not that they/we should be uncharitable to those in need, but that acts of charity should be voluntary, not forced on us by our government. They are certain they are generous and would be generous in emergencies like the recent storms. They believe they support Catholic Charities when they drop a dollar in the collection, and are often surprised to learn that their contributions barely fund their own parishes (Catholics are statistically among the lowest givers) with nothing left over for Catholic Charities. They are frequently disbelieving when I tell them that a HUGE percentage of the money that funds Catholic Charities actually comes from US government grants and contracts. (You can read the specifics about this at Charity Navigator.)

    Also, they believe that Communism = Godlessness or worse, that Communist governments will kill you for practicing religion. Furthermore, they believe that socialism is Communism lite and a dangerous step on a slippery slope toward things like forced abortion. In other words, they can't clearly distinguish between an economic system (like capitalism or socialism) and a system of governance (like democracy or totalitarianism).

    We have five Catholic conservatives on our Supreme Court, so this is no small problem, but neither is it exactly the same problem as we have with the gun-tottin' racist right.

    I'm coming to believe that we should not waste too much time trying to combat the firm beliefs such people hold. Rather, I think we should focus on the working people in the middle -- those who've been so busy trying to keep home and family together in recent years that they haven't thought too much about either politics or religion. We should prepare ourselves to give them facts. I think they will come to the same conclusions we have. We could take back the House, strengthen the Senate, and hold on to the presidency so as to fix the Supreme Court, which is what we really must do.

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 06:47:10 PM PDT

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